Les Waters

Playwrights: The Christians, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, Doris to Darlene. Les is an Obie Award-winning director. From 2012 to 2018, he served as artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he directed the premiere of Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place, The Christians, and other new works by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Sarah Ruhl, Anne Washburn and Dave Malloy, Will Eno, Charles Mee, and Mark Schultz. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). In the last ten years, his productions have ranked among the year’s best in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian, Time Out New York, and USA Today. In New York, his productions have been seen at BAM, Classic Stage Company, Second Stage, The Connelly Theater, Signature, Soho Rep., The Public, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Regional credits include productions at Berkeley Rep, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, ART, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Yale Rep, and American Conservatory Theater. 

Updated 11/14/19


First Rehearsal: The Thin Place

After teaming up on ‘The Christians,’ playwright Lucas Hnath and director Les Waters reunite with ‘The Thin Place,’ a dazzling experience transforming our theater into an intimate séance.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright’s Perspective: The Thin Place

I wasn’t quite sure how, just that I knew that I wanted to create some kind of theatrical rift, moving the audience from a relatively straightforward recounting of events to something else.


Backstory: In-Betweens

There’s a seeming delicacy to the Thin Place, by virtue of its position in some just-so in-between, and it’s a delicacy perhaps easily undone.